Weekly overview (2017, week 41): 2 new brands and 41 new pedals

collage of this week's updates

2 new brands

  1. DFZ Electronics
  2. Schock Rock

41 new effects

  1. Ananashead FX Gray Drive
  2. Ananashead FX MARK2 - Tone Bender Professional MkII
  3. Ananashead FX MARK3 Tone Bender MkIII
  4. Ananashead FX Sustainer Circle Face + Boostdriver
  5. Ananashead FX Sustainer Civil War / Tall Font
  6. Ananashead FX Sustainer Opamp
  7. Arcane Analog MkI Tonebender
  8. Don Poniz Piccolo FUZZTOTUM Gold
  9. Don Poniz Piccolo FUZZTOTUM Red
  10. Don Poniz Piccolo FUZZTOTUM Silver
  11. Dwarfcraft Devices The Grazer - Granular Repeater & Glitch Machine
  12. Electro-Harmonix Volume Pedal
  13. Fulltone Mas Malo - Distortion/Fuzz
  14. Garland FX COSMO Hybrid Delay
  15. Garland FX Dos Armas - Combo Drive
  16. GFI System Specular Tempus - Reverb & Delay Processor
  17. Greenchild Valve Reaper - Overdrive/Distortion
  18. IdiotBox Holy Trooper Fuzz
  19. IdiotBox Quickstep Momentary Delay
  20. Lone Wolf Audio Lobo - Silicon Tone Bender
  21. Massive FX Pedals G.O.A.F.
  22. Mattoverse Electronics Drive
  23. Mattoverse Electronics Fuzzy Gates
  24. Mooer Audio GE-200 - Amp Modelling & Multi Effects
  25. Mooer Audio MOCx Tender Octaver MkII
  26. Mr. Black JDD-3000+ - Digital Delay+
  27. Mythos Pedals Chupacabra - Overdrive/Fuzz
  28. Omnitek DIR-01 Distortion
  29. Omnitek ODR-01 Overdrive
  30. Recovery Effects Skyline - Fluctuating Fuzz
  31. Schock Rock Green Fuzz 2.0 Standard
  32. Schock Rock Namless Fuzz
  33. Seafoam Pedals Lighthouse Boost
  34. Songbird FX Wagtail Trem
  35. TC Electronic June-60 Chorus
  36. Valeton Loft series BD-10 Blues Driver
  37. Valeton Loft series DS-10 Distortion
  38. Valeton MES-? Dapper Amp Mini
  39. Valeton MES-? Dapper Dark Mini
  40. Valeton MES-? Dapper Looper Mini
  41. Way Huge WHE206 Red Llama 25th Anniversary

Overviews of the previous weeks: http://www.effectsdatabase.com/updates/weekly

Discuss these updates at the forum: http://forum.effectsdatabase.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=662

Syd Barrett's fuzz (by nck.s)

With the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's psychedelic debut comes a resurging interest in Syd Barrett's equipment and techniques, along with a new generation of commercial entities seeking to profit from all the excitement. What has remained a constant force over the years of discussion has been a handful of rumors and myths that, when repeated often enough by seemingly authoritative figures, almost become fact. With this small piece of writing, I'll be challenging some of the allegations about Syd Barrett's effects pedal habits with facts in the hope that it will help guitarists to make informed decisions about their spending, as well as potentially ease some new historical evidence out of the woodwork. Discussing and criticizing makes for a healthy and knowledgeable community.


Selmer pedals

Syd Barrett's alleged use of the Selmer's Buzz Tone and (Fuzz-)Wah is one of the stories perpetuated by the Internet that seems to originate from Julian Palacios' biography, 'Lost in the Woods'. We know the band was using Selmer amplifiers early on, so it's certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that they experimented with the pedals too, or that Selmer may have simply put the group's name in advertising for the pedals that are yet to be digitized in the modern age.

The classic riff from 'Interstellar Overdrive' sounds incendiary when coupled with a Selmer Buzz Tone (or any fuzzbox for that matter), but the following video shows that the sound from the album can be nailed with just the Selmer Treble 'n' Bass amplifier.

I'm satisfied with my original Selmer Buzz Tone (and I'll be happier if it ever comes back from being repaired) but I would very much like to see the proof that this model is even remotely connected to the band. At the moment there is nothing tying the two together.

[review] Red Witch Factotum - Bass Suboctave Drive (by JFHerregat)


We have another pedal from New Zealand’s Red Witch Pedals. The pedals are designed by Ben Fulton, founder and creator of Red Witch, and are all analog. Last time I reviewed the Zeus, which was a bass fuzz suboctave. Today I hold it’s brother, the Red Witch Factotum, a bass suboctave drive. It houses the same octaver as the Zeus but has an overdrive instead of the fuzz.

[review] Zorg Effects Glorious Basstar (by JFHerregat)


Zorg effect is a French brand of handcrafted pedals. They have a very distinctive look, with the metal boxes covered with a wooden plate. It took me a while to get used to it, but now I’m in love with that look! What makes them extra cool is that you can order them both as a finished product or as a DIY kit (4 different kinds, more on that later). The Glorious Basstar is an overdrive pedal unlike any other: it gives you full control over your sound. No more loss in the low end!

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